The Composer André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741–1813)
Jean-Baptiste Stouf Belgian
Commissioned in 1804 by the Comte de Livry and placed in the Opéra Comique in 1809, where it remained until 1887. Incised on the column are the names of forty-one of the sixty-odd operas composed by Grétry for the Opéra-Comique and the Académie de Musique. The informality of Grétry's costume and pose links this work to 18th century depictions of men of inspiration and genius, such as Handel's Roubiliac.
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